Shelley Berman

Shelley Berman

Feb. 3rd, 1926
Born in
Chicago, Illinois

Shelley Berman's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
That's Life (1968) TV Show
That's Life (1968)
Forever Fernwood TV Show
Forever Fernwood
The DuPont Show of the Week TV Show
The DuPont Show of the Week
History of the Joke TV Show
History of the Joke

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Sheldon "Shelley" Berman (born February 3, 1925) is an American comedian, actor, writer, teacher, lecturer, and poet.

Early life Berman was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Irene (née Marks) and Nathan Berman.

Television career Berman's success as a comedian enabled him to continue with his first love - acting. He starred on Broadway in A Family Affair and continued to do stage work in productions of The Odd Couple, Damn Yankees, Fiddler on the Roof, I'm Not Rappaport, La Cage aux Folles, and Guys and Dolls, among many others. Comedic and dramatic acting roles on television began to come his way, including appearances on episodes of The Twilight Zone, Bewitched, Peter Gunn, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Adam-12, Emergency!, Night Court, MacGyver, L.A. Law, Friends, Walker, Texas Ranger, The King of Queens, Grey's Anatomy, Hannah Montana, CSI: NY, and Boston Legal.
Personal life Berman has been married to Sarah Herman since April 19, 1947. The two met while they were studying acting at Chicago's Goodman Theatre.
In the mid-1960s, Berman and wife Sarah adopted two children, son Joshua and daughter Rachel. The Bermans were planning Joshua's bar mitzvah when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Joshua died October 29, 1977, age 12.
Berman has authored three books, two plays, several TV pilot scripts, and numerous poems. For over twenty years, Berman taught humor writing in the Master of Professional Writing program at University of Southern California, where he is now a Lecturer Emeritus. He continues to do film and television work, and make personal appearances across the country year-round.

  • Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald S. Smith, pg. 48-50. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
  • He was nominated for a 1990 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "I'm Not Rappaport" in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Uncle of actor 'Henry Herman (II)' (qv).

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